Any excuse I can get to combine three things that I love–milk bottles, chocolate, and baker’s twine–I take full advantage of it. These Valentine treat jars do just that, and they’re the most darling way to tell someone “you’re sweet”.
I just love the peek-a-boo heart that shows all those yummy Valentine M&Ms inside of there! (I always use the Peanut Butter kind…it’s my favorite. Many innocent M&M’s were consumed during the photo shoot. )
I love how simple they are to make, but they don’t look like it! They’re super easy, and don’t take long at all. Let me show you how!
-milk bottles (you could also use mason jars)
-spray paint (red, pink, or white)
-a vinyl or tape heart
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1. Cut out your heart shape. If you have a Silhouette, you can use that to cut one out, or even if you have a heart punch you could use that to carefully punch a piece of painters tape or vinyl if you have it. If you have vinyl (you can buy it at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or other craft store), you can also just fold a piece in half and cut out a heart the old-school way! I’ve done that plenty of times, and it totally works.
2. Apply the heart to the front of your bottle or jar, pressing firmly.
3. Turn the jar upside down on top of a board (make sure a tarp is down!), and paint the jar. It works best to do two light coats instead of one thick coat–this prevents running and glopping. You might even need three coats. You can apply a second or third coat before the one before is totally dry. I like to do starting in the afternoon, and apply a coat every hour or so, then let them dry overnight. By morning, I’m ready to fill with candy and deliver if I need to!
4. Once the paint is dry, remove the heart from the bottle. Fill with candy, then tie the tag around the top with ribbon or twine!
TAG INSTRUCTIONS: You can download the tag below. I printed mine onto kraft card stock, but you could also use white. Print, cut, and then angle the edges a little to make it look like an actual tag shape. Punch a hole in the top! I also like to use distress ink around the edges–it adds dimension and contrast, and I love the way it looks!
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